Adam Lambert pre-"Idol" album due this summer

Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:26am EDT
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By Monica Herrera and David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Good news for Adam Lambert fans. But possibly not as good for the "American Idol" runner-up and his label bosses.

A small indie label will release Lambert's debut album this summer, months before Lambert's "official" debut on 19 Recordings/RCA Records is expected to reach stores.

Depending on who you believe, Lambert is either "blown away" by the material on the unofficial release, or is distancing himself from the project.

Entitled "On With The Show," the album was co-written and recorded by Lambert before his turn on the talent show. It will be released by Hi Fi Recordings/Wilshire Records.

The first single, "Want," is streaming now on the Hi Fi Web site, and according to the company's CEO John Hecker, the rest of the tracks will sound similar.

"The music's amazing," said Hecker. "There are some uptempo (songs), there's some that rock a little more, and there are some songs on the same tip as 'Want.' It's a real album that's coming out, not just a conglomerate of a bunch of songs. This is all original material -- as a matter of fact, Adam wrote a lot of it."

According to Hi Fi, Lambert even visited the Wilshire Records studio in Los Angeles as recently as last month to hear it. "He was in the Wilshire Records studio right before the finale actually, and he was blown away by the material," Hecker said.

Hi Fi did not notify 19/RCA about its intent to release Lambert's debut album before announcing the news on Friday. "I bet they know now," Hecker said.   Continued...

<p>American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert poses at the Hollywood Life's 11th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>